The Team

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others

- John Maxwell


Executive Directors

Adil Popat

Group Executive Chairman

Mr. Popat took over the role of Executive Chairman in 2017. Previously, he was Group CEO, a role he assumed in 2007. Before that, he served as the Finance Director. Under his stewardship, the group managed to achieve significant growth and continues to provide guidance and maintain the highest standards of corporate governance in the company. Mr. Popat trained with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells Management Consultants after completing his MBA at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania USA with a specialism in Finance. He undertook his Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration) degree at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Dinesh Kotecha

Group CEO

Mr. Kotecha was appointed Group CEO on 2017. He served as Executive Director before taking on this role. Prior to joining Simba, Mr. Kotecha was Price Waterhouse-Coopers for over 16 years where he was a Director in the Business Advisory Services Division of the firm. He has significant experience in providing business advisory services to a wide range of businesses in varied industries across Africa. This includes interim management of large corporates, business reviews on behalf of lenders and investors, business restructuring and performance improvement in businesses. Dinesh is a qualified Accountant, and he holds an MBA from the Herriot-Watt University in the UK and he is a Certified Fraud Examiner from the USA.

Madatali Premji

Technical Director

Mr. Premji started his career as a mechanic at CMC in 1951. He then moved on to work at Motor Mart as an Assistant Foreman for 15 years. In 1967, he joined Simba Corporation, then Simba Colt Motors, to work in the service and repairs business and was awarded the title of Technical Director.

Senior Management


MD Motor Division

Naresh Leekha

Mr Leekha possesses 37 years of varied experience in the motor industry. He has immense experience, overseeing assembly plant operations, sales and marketing, after sales and network expansion. As Managing Director, Motors, he spearheads the growth of the Simba Corp motor business which is a core area of the business as the group thrives to consistently grow and strengthen our market position in the country.


Chief Commercial Officer, Motor Division

Ameet Shroff

Ameet has been with the group for over 22 years, having joined as the Sales Administration Manager. He has overseen the gradual growth of sales and number of models sold by the Group. In 2006, Simba Colt received the Best Achievement Award in Africa from MFTBC. In 2008 the company exceeded all previous sales targets and was again recognized for this achievement by MFTBC.


Chief Operations Officer, Hospitality

Thomas Baertl

Thomas brings to Simba Hospitality division over 30 years of experience in the field, many of which were spent leading various hotel brands.

His last position was with Azura Boutique Retreats in South Africa, as Group General Manager. He also has a long history with Kempinski Hotels, having worked with them for over 13 years at senior levels and in various countries around the world.


Chief Finance Officer

Suraj Shah

Suraj has extensive experience in Finance, Operations and financial audits spanning over 9 years at PriceWaterHouseCoopers working from Kenya, Zambia and New York. Of notable contribution is his 4 years at Villa Rosa Kempinski setting up the finance departments and operation controls. He is a qualified accountant with the ACCA accreditation and a BSc (Hons) Accounting & Management.


Managing Director, Associated Vehicle Assemblers

Matt Lloyd

Matt is a seasoned Change Manager with a track record in turning around businesses by designing and implementing sustainable improvement programs. He possesses significant experience leading and motivating multi-functional teams in large organisations.

He most recently worked with Summit Custom Spray Drying Inc/Drytec Spray Drying Ltd. in the UK as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that he worked with James Finlay in Kericho as General Manager, Del Monte as Production Director and Nampak as Operations Director.

Matt holds a BSc. In Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK.


General Manager, Aftersales

Talaat Mohamed

Talaat oversees Aftersales service for the entire Simba Motors Group.  He is a customer- focused executive with over 20 years of management in the automotive industry with diverse experience in all aspects of sales and after sales Service. He has a rich wealth of experience having worked for a number of global leading automotive companies including Daimler and General Motors. He has an MBA in Strategic Management from the Germany University in Cairo and a BSc. in Engineering  and Technology.


Managing Director, Africa Management Fleet Solutions

Ike Allibhai

Ike is an engineer by profession with over 35 years experience in business. His knowledge spans civil engineering, manufacturing, construction, as well as electronics and telematics and is well known for his community work.